I think a lot of you folks are overlooking something important.
I noticed it right away given my field. I make all my money maintaining, configuring, and setting up computers for business professionals. I also advise them on technology and help them to find solutions that match their lifestyles.
Many of them are very fond of Macintosh, and they pretty much all lamented a lack of a more portable computer. When I found out that something along those lines was going to be included in Jobs keynote I told them about it, and started advising that they hold off on new laptop purchases just in case something revolutionary was announced (and I theorized that this is exactly what would happen). What amazed me, though, is that while talking with them about prospect ultra-portables, nearly every single one of them
started complaining about miniaturized keyboards or screens smaller than 13". Their issue was weight
. I figured Apple wasn't going to deliver a proper solution for them, and started to hope the Macbook would get an appropriate revision.
And then here comes MacBook Air. It is a perfect
solution for nearly all of them, and about twelve of them have already pre-ordered it. They can use it comfortably (no need to adapt to a non-standard keyboard, or view super-small text on a screen), and it is not going to wear their backs out. They had initial concerns about things like the CD-ROM drive, but Apple's solutions appear to be very elegant. I think this product is extremely wonderful for this demographic!
Normal computer users care about accessibility and usability. They want something that works, feels comfortable, and doesn't interfere with their plans. That's what the MacBook Air offers, and to people of this nature, it more than justifies its price tag.
I won't be getting one myself -- I depend too much on advanced computer capabilities -- but I'm very excited about the technology it introduces. I'm looking forward to seeing these gestures mature into other notebooks from Apple, I'm looking forward to seeing further evolution of the solid state drive, and I'm looking forward to the headway Apple will get with other computers thanks to the miniaturization technology that they have put into this laptop.
And for on-the-go work, for the vast majority of non-multimedia professionals, 2GBs RAM and 80GBs HDD space is more than enough
to keep them covered for even the next six years, if they plan to use the computer that long. I suspect most people who buy this sort of computer, though, will be considering upgrades regardless after about four years (if not less).
I think this product will be a success.
Just not for the typical Mac super-user.